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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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Nice to visit. Visitor Beach area is nice too!

It was closed at 10:30 AM. Closes when heat index is over 100 degrees. But, been there before, so it didnt really matter. Cost $15 for adults to go up..

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It was closed at 10:30 AM. Closes when heat index is over 100 degrees. But, been there before, so it didnt really matter. Cost $15 for adults to go up..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the lighthouses several times. a little shop offers some very interesting stories, booklets about the history of this first landing point. after stepping up to the top you have a marvelous view over the eastern Chesapeak bay. With some luck you can see dolphins either from the lighthouse our from the beach in front of the ligthhouses. Enter... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Very cool to check out. A lot of stairs to climb but interesting history about the lighthouse in the visitors building.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

On vacation our family stopped by to view the lighthouse. We enjoyed seeing he first U.S. Commissioned lighthouse. We didn't realize there was a fee ($8/person). Be sure you visit the website and read up. Since it's on a working military base, civilians mush have their car inspected upon entry. The soldiers were awesome - very professional and helpful. As... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

So first off now this is on a active military base and your car will be searched and you will need to provide a license and registration and insurance. Second off it is a little over priced for what it is I would only feel comfortable paying $2 after visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We went into the base had our vehicles searched by very professional soldiers. They directed us to the historic lighthouse which is across the street from the working lighthouse. Sweet gift shop. My son and 2 grands climbed the stairs to the old lighthouse. Loved the view from up there. Wish there would have been signs at each direction to... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I'm not a big history fan, but we wanted to see the lighthouses and decided to pay for the guided group tour of the grounds (which was just me and my mom since no one else had paid to join at that time). The guide was friendly and knowledgeabable, and the views of the bay were lovely, from ground level... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Be advised your vehicle will be inspected before being allowed to enter the grounds where Lighthouse is located and if it is above 100 degrees you will not be allowed to climb to the top. You can still enjoy the view and take pictures. This is an amazing structure and still looks good after so many years, The gift shop... More 

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Lords Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If I had known that all five of us would have to get out of our super packed car for it to be searched for weapons or chemicals or any other materials that are not allowed I would not have visited. The lighthouses were pretty but not what I had expected. The best part of our visit was walking up... More 

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Pataskala, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The lighthouse is inside of Fort Story. US Navy guards at the gate will ask you to show your drivers license, registration and up to date insurance card. They will search your vehicle. We did not get to walk up into the Lighthouse because it was 114 degree inside the dome at the top. We drove to the memorial park... More 

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Additional Information about Cape Henry Lighthouse

Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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